The symptoms and signs of mesothelioma are very non-specific, if we may say, due to the fact that they can generate confusion in their manifestation. Because of this reason the cancer can not be properly detected and in this way you might meet the day of your death sooner than you have ever conceived. Once you present the following symptoms and signs, be sure to ask for the assistance of a doctor.
The two most commonly met forms of this cancer are pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma. The second one shows that the cancer has spread in the lining of your abdominal cavity or organs and the first one is the form of cancer that has spread growing inside your lungs and the cavity of your chest. These two types of mesothelioma are distinctively manifesting, therefore their symptoms and signs are also manifesting in a unique manner.
The least common form out of these two is represented by peritoneal mesothelioma, as it takes longer than the one that reaches faster the lungs with the inhalation of the asbestos fibers.
Actually the presence of these fibers inside your body is the cause that generates this condition allowing it to spread so rapidly. The symptoms of this peritoneal form of cancer are shown by weight loss, problems with blood clotting, blockage of the colon, fever as well as pains in the area of the abdomen.
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The way a doctor has to be make sure of the real condition once you present these symptoms and signs, is conferred by a number of tests which include also scanning, X-Rays or an MRI. The CAT scan is a form of advanced technology that uses the same system of X-Ray-ing only it is more accurate in conveying a better picture of the patient;s internal organs. The MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging – confers a clearer image of the abnormalities occurred in the area that has been afflicted.
In case the doctor detects some kind of tumor or various undefined growths from the images, he or she would definitely perform a biopsy. Biopsies can be performed in several ways, either by surgically removing a large portion of the growth or by extracting with a needle a small quantity of liquid from the growth.
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Since this type of cancer, mesothelioma, has proven to be very aggressive it is more than necessary for you to go and seek medical assistance once the above symptoms make their presence. The sooner the better.